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the time we reach Sophy s secret and the rigin f the sinister ld man Webster who heads the Alliance it s lost almost all sense f the real giving mankind a way Diaries of a College Girl out by suggesting all these bad bad men have just come under the swayf a force beyond space and time making it into another facet The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book of the timeless battle between Good and Evil where the messier truth would have hit harder that we are responsible forur Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica own actions ultimately both as individuals and as a society and that we must constantly ben guard to ensure that the rights f thers are not trampled upon r diminished as they so easily can be In that light the SF element comes across as awkward than anything else spacesuit people blundering into your finely wrought drama and wrecking the whole tone With well drawn characters and a focused scenario it would have been ff putting In this case it s white noise stacked n incoherenceIt s telling that the sharpest and most coherent section f the novel is the trial segment where Tepper through Carolyn argues that society has to take some responsibility for the way a person is not by abandoning them and then passing judgement when they don t know how to act The debates here while still somewhat Tiffany Girl one sided gain a passion and drama that the restf the novel is lacking and while the later inclusion One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health of the SF element spices things up slightly it s still too little too late We needed to see the world as it could be not as it almost was and its a shame that she wasn t able to make a world that I recognize especially when I canpen the newspaper and see these same arguments played Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) out across the world in shouts and knives in bombs and laws While most fiction can function as escapism I don t think thisne was intended as such and yet with this world and that Paolo and Panetto one facing eachther I d almost want to escape to hers At least there despite the window dressing touches Vivien Leigh of grey I can have some assurance that things will ultimately turnut to be By the Book okay while here we remain a work in progress This is a smart near future sci fi at least it was near future at the time now it s ten years behind us that really brought something home to meA smart woman can write a book forther smart women about the sacred feminine and a small number The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of readers will enjoy itA man can write a thriller for a wider demographic about the sacred feminine and it will become so perva Possibly it deserves stars because it stuck with me for years between reads but the flaws IANAL but I don t think trials work like that some extrapolationsf the year 2000 would have been far fetched even in 1995 the bad guys seemed a little cartoony I think most misogynists f that kind think they re not woman haters but decent guys who make a realistic valuation f women seriously she s not very good at intersectionality jumped ut at me this time round On the ther hand it bears remembering that people who vocally dislike Tepper mostly seem to dislike her not because f where she goes wrong but because f where she s right I love all the characters and would have loved to see f the college section If you nly read 1 book by Sheri Tepper read this ne The first Sherri Tepper book that I read great story great heroinesI loved it It s 2000 and a strongly moralistic conservative movement is sweeping the United States f America Blaming natural disasters and the declining economy The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel on unsavoury elementsf American society the American Alliance wants to restore morality and family values Does this sound familiar In some ways Gibbon s Decline and Fall is ten years too early yet eerily prescient There is so much in here that rings true which is terrible At the same time it is a deeply flawed book with a simplistic plot that belies its attempt to tell a haunting and worthy story I really wish I could love and laud this book but every time I thought I had figured it ut it just got weirderThough mostly set in 2000 Gibbon s Decline and Fall begins in 1959 when Carolyn Crespin goes ff to college and befriends a diverse group Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of young women They decide to form the Decline and Fall Clubr DFC with the stated intention that they will meet every year "and pledge never to decline nor to fall "pledge never to decline nor to fall is to be themselves make their wn decisions and remain strong in the face f the adversity misogyny and sexism that remains a part f their society When we catch #up with them again at the turn f the millennium they #with them again at the turn f the millennium they now middle aged Carolyn became a lawyer as she intended and married for love rather than the cousin her aunts and mother intended for her She has retired now but her daughter persuades her to take ne case Lolly a fifteen year ld girl who allegedly abandoned her baby in a Dumpster after giving birth It s up to Carolyn to defend Lolly for if she is guilty she could be sentenced to life in a suspension podYeah according to this book by the year 2000 law enforcement will be imprisoning people in a primitive form f suspended animation Minor Practical Ventriloquism offences merit STOP where the person remains conscious but unable to move More long term incarceration is a matterf SLEEP where the person is unconscious but continues to metabolize and age at a normal rate As Tepper points ut this system might seem strange to us but it does come with several benefits Still this is a very dd extrapolation to make from F a teenage girl who abandoned her infant in a Dumpster 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Sorry I just really hated this book Like I m all about feminism and women in power but was adding a lizard people species into the euation really necessary I don t think so The point could have been made without the lizard people therefore if I could give this book zero stars I would I swear sometimes I despise being an English major and being told what to read There s something to be said for reaching for a hammer when perhaps a delicate instrument might do the job nicelyI never read anything by Sheri Tepper before and as a woman writing SF I didn t want to automatically paint her with the feminist brush and assume that because she s a woman everything she writes is cloaked in metaphors about the dichotomy between men and women just set n ther planets On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals or in the far future Fortunately for me she didn t bother with the metaphors and went straight into just spelling itutThis can probably be classified as science fiction Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) only because its set in the future from when the book is written the turnf the current century which now that we re fourteen years past it really makes me wonder where all the flying cars we were promised went Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat or even speculative fiction if you want to be like Margaret Atwood and not go near anyf that yucky SF stuff as if people aren t able to tell the difference between stuff like this and War Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of the WorldsThe Atwood comparison doesn t entirely comeut f left field Much like her Tepper has gone and written a novel that serves as sort f a thematic preuel to The Handmaid s Tale as both have to do with the idea f a fundamentalist conservative hierarchy f men taking ver the country and turning women into walking Pez dispensers f infants In Atwood s tale we got a life during wartime type Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of view where the nightmare came true and we got to see just how unpleasant it would be Here we get to ben the cusp Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of it where men collectively start to think that all the world s problems would be solved if women just spent time in the kitchen making pies and sandwichesIf that sounds like I m trying to be funny it unfortunately is about the levelf subtlety we get here Our tale follows the world through the eyes Night's Pawn of six women who meet in college and decide to band together as friends despite the fact that mostf them seem to exist as checkboxes Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) on the scalef archetypes the radical lesbian the religious ne the ne with the eating disorder etc One f them nicknamed Sophy appears to be special than most something that becomes pronounced when the narrative jumps ahead about forty years to the end f the twentieth century and we catch up with the ladies in their various states The Secret Child of success and failure They ve all kept in touch except for Sophy who seems to have disappeared at some point even though somef the women still hear her voice Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook or see herccasionally In the interim the world has become man riented with a wave f conservatism growing that threatens to relegate women to third class citizen status after cats and dogs promising a new world rder that won t be pleasant depending n which restroom door you go throughPart f the enjoyment f this book is going to depend Death by Inferior Design on hown board you are "for Tepper s gender politics here as a good chunk f the plot exists to deliver them and conveniently show " Tepper s gender politics here as a good chunk f the plot exists to deliver them and conveniently show a women riented world would be better While I m not completely behind her "On The Notion That Everything Is Men "the notion that everything is men fault I m not unsympathetic either certainly aspects f the last few years f political debate
Has Proven Whatever Yourproven whatever your politics it s still a valid issue for discussion but the book seems blatantly designed to prove that she s right in a fashion that borders n the ham fisted The gap between the beginning and where the plot picks up doesn t help as we don t get to see the insidious chipping away f women s rights the slippery slope f compromise A Philosophy of Cinematic Art over the decades that puts people in a position that they didn t uite intend Instead we re given multiple scenarios with the various women that basically boil down to men stink and they re ruining everythingWhich isn t surprising given that the book featuresr less two kinds The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of mennes that are sensitive and compassionate and caring and thus are helping White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs our heroines if they aren t already married to themr complete jerks who feel that women are worthless and should nly exist to bear children One f the lead men Scab of this ilk a lawyer named Jagger is almost a teeth gnashing parodyf manliness flailing about with a hatred In a World Created by a Drunken God of women that wouldnly border Indo No Kao on the irrational if it hadn t already annexed everything around it He s partf a group called the Alliance a shadowy rganization that in the spirit f every shadowy Giant Peach Yodel organization ever is working with the government and religious leaders look fundamentalist Christians and Muslims actually agreeingn something to undo every right women ever had and make it a man s man s man s man s world babyThe problem that all Sinai and Zion of this isver the top that its hard to buy into the scenario When every man they come into contact with is spouting the same get thee to a kitchen babydoll nonsense and the Alliance is bwah ha haing about the World To Come in the background it starts to become so much static as the plot appears to go in circles Look Helen is afraid f her husband Look Agnes is uestioning her faith Look Carolyn is defending a Symbolic Person And golly everyone keeps hearing Sophy There s very little nuance to be found anywhere and if you re at all religious you are going to find this book making you very unhappy at some points I m far from the most religious person in the world but even I had to wince when Agnes the nun f the group isn t able to coherently articulate a counter argument to anything anyone else says and then gets slapped down by the head male priest anyway because he hates women too like everyone else Having everyone wearing a priest s habit either be bigoted r deluded in Agnes case clearly its because she s denying part f herself sort f stacks the deck for the book especially when Sophy s stories f a women centered goddess are meant to be taken as entirely reasonable The book would have been far electric as a debate if Tepper had been able to a concei. A wave Iniquity of fundamentalism is sweeping across the globe as the millennium approaches and a power hungry presidential candidate sees his ticket to success in making an exampleut
Free download Gibbon's Decline and FallNovel being written nly four years prior This as well as some mentions f greater environmental distress than was apparent in 2000 almost push Gibbon s Decline and Fall into the territory f alternative history Even later there are elements that made me seriously debate whether I should shelve it as fantasy r as science fictionAll this is academic though At its heart Gibbon s Decline and Fall is almost a thriller This brings a lot Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of benefits despite a fair amountf courtroom drama the story zips along at a brisk pace Alas it also has a few big drawbacks namely villains that are larger than life and not in a good way Ultimately this is a huge problem for this book and its themeTepper is concerned with the status Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of women and understandably so She does not pull any punches as she evaluates the difficulties both emotional and physical that women face allver the world The members f the DFC each have their wn personal challenges to face I wasn t too fond Livin' de Life of the almost comical stereotypical hick familyf the Crespins However I did find Agnes most intriguing Her life long relationship with the Catholic Church culminating in taking the habit has resulted in her internalizing a lot The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the sexism promulgated by that Church In the facef her fellow DFC members she puts up constant resistance taking a highly conservative and traditional stance I like that Tepper did not Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki oversimplify the matter by making it women versus men there are women who uphold traditional gender roles just as there are men like Carolyn s husband who are allies in the struggle for gender eualityUnfortunately this is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to characterization Tepper s antagonists resonate a lot with the contemporary risef the grassroots Tea Party movement in the United States Now there are many good conservative Americans Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind out there and I m sure that there are even many honest membersf this Tea Party who believe its intentions are noble and good But when this is the same party that courts politicians who claim God causes hurricanes and earthuakes to punish us for immorality The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta or poor economic policy something is wrong We re not supposed to be living in the fifteenth century any peopleSo the situation presented in Gibbon s Decline and Fall does feel a little too close to reality for comfort And I m sure that there are a few peopleut there who are like Jake Jagger Nevertheless I worry that Tepper s antagonists are ultimately nly straw men hence they actually undermine her arguments rather than strengthening them Yeah there are plenty f men who are just flat ut misogynistic and penly abusive But it seems like all the men in this book fall into that role r into the role f ally like Hal and Jose are There is no grey area no in between men who are blinded by their privilege but not penly hostile In Tepper s world you are either enlightened r you are the enemyAlthough the book Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge opensn a strong note its inner thriller becomes apparent as Lolly s trial approaches There are bugged phones burglaries desert retreats helicopter pursuits and maniacal plans for the subjugation Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of all womankind Carolyn and the DFC eventually decide to pool their efforts into locating Sophy the most eccentric and enigmatic memberf the DFC They had thought she committed suicide but after experiencing almost spiritual visions The Witches Ball of her for the past few weeks they are determined to findut if she is still alive At this point Tepper throws in a twist that I honestly didn t see coming It s very well foreshadowed and I guess it sort f works but I didn t like itThen the book gets even stranger culminating
In Carolyn Having To Make A Choice On Behalf OfCarolyn having to make a choice n behalf f humanity And that broke me Sorry but as much as I admire what Tepper is trying to "Do Here I Cannot "here I cannot giving a single person that responsibility Carolyn has no right to make a decision that would utterly change the nature f ur species it doesn t matter that she is a good r wise person No The Deadline one should have that power At that point Gibbon s Decline and Fall had run from science fiction to fantasy and back from thriller to something epic and I just wasn t willing to follow it thereGibbon s Decline and Fall has its good moments Its protagonist is a likable and strong character tragically she seems to have been transplanted to a worldf caricature cardboard villains and friends This is an bstacle neither she nor the book can vercome and what started as a promising journey ended as a disappointing shadow Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of what it could have been There is some excellent commentaryn gender roles and relationships here but it s lost in the noise created by an unbelievable untenable story Rating 3 Ready to Restore of fiveSaddened to learnf Ms Tepper s death at 87 What a career Public service as director f Planned Parenthood ut West Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel owner and managerf a guest ranch and a solid authorial corpus Damned fine legacy to leaveThis was a fun read for me Tepper s prose is facile and gracile I won t say the book changed my life but it made me smile and gave me some hours Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of pleasure The depressing thing about this terrific story with its eerily accurate depictionf just how much fundamentalist Catholics Protestants and Muslims have in common when it comes to women is not the accuracyNo the depressing thing is how many "people won t read amazing speculative fiction because Ms Tepper is a " won t read amazing speculative fiction because Ms Tepper is a s writer The people who most need to read stories that perfectly capture the struggle Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of trying to flourish as a woman in a culture that hates women are never ever going to read past the first two chaptersAssuming they see the book at all I ve read a lotf spec fic in my time and if she had been a he she d be a hell Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of a lot better knownAnyway Great book Not a five star because A the main human bad guy was cartoony than usual and B the story kinda goesff the rails with a deus ex machina Regarde, c'est maman ! of epic proportions But it was nice to have the story end well Until the machine appeared Ms Tepper had done such a nice job extrapolating where the world is headed that I sortf wanted to crawl into a hole This The Bricklayer one should be putn ne f the absolute classics list I m really surprised that it isn t talked about even now Five friends from college who took a vow to always stand together But their success might depend Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation on the assistancef Sophy the enigmatic sixth friend whom they all believed dea. .